PEKIN, Ill. - The Tazewell County Coroner announced his plans to resign.
Dr. James J. Baldi has held the position for 5 years, although he's been in and out of public office since his military service in the 1970's.
Baldi says he made the decision with his wife and family. He plans on spending more time with his children and grandchildren and possibly writing a book.
He credits his staff for the work he's been able to do in the office and says he's most proud of his efforts to protect families privacy.
"We've pretty much stopped inquest public inquest here. I based that decision mainly on the fact of trying to keep some privacy for the families, they suffered a lot of them suffered terribly in the process of these happenings and I really wanted to minimize that." Baldi says.
The Tazewell County Board is scheduled to discuss the resignation of the coroner this Wednesday night. Baldi's last day will be March 31st.
Deputy Coroner Scott Price has announced he will run for the position.
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